Monday, November 30th 2020   |


Ukraine and Israel, in joint statement, urge pilgrims to Uman to stay home this Rosh Hashanah


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ukraine’s interior minister said his country will implement a ban on the convergence of foreign pilgrims at Uman for the annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage as a coronavirus restriction.

Arsen Avakov also stressed that the Ministry of Internal Affairs will provide “all technical measures to implement the above quarantine restrictions in Uman,” according to a statement on the ministry’s website.

Avakov noted in the statement...

Stabbed Israeli border guard shoots to death his Palestinian attacker in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli Border Police officer stabbed in the chest in Jerusalem shot and killed his Palestinian assailant.

The 19-year-old officer, who finished his training about a month ago, underwent surgery on Monday night, Israel’s Channel 12 reported. A female bystander, 60, was injured in the gunfire, the Israel Police said.

The incident near the Lion’s Gate in the Old City was the first stabbing attack in Jerusalem in...

Netanyahu says West Bank annexation ‘remains on the table’ following Israel-UAE agreement


(JTA) — Is it on the table, or off?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his plan to annex part of the West Bank “remains on the table,” despite agreeing to suspend the move as part of an agreement to establish formal ties with the United Arab Emirates on Thursday.

“There is no change in my plan to apply sovereignty, our sovereignty, in Judea and Samaria, in...

Do you pledge not to travel to Israel, NYC Democratic Socialists chapter asks City Council candidates seeking its endorsement

(JTA) – Lots of candidates for New York City Council are expected to seek an endorsement from the local Democratic Socialists of America chapter, a rising force in city politics, in next year’s elections.

To apply for the endorsement, the candidates will have to decide if they will pledge not to travel to Israel if elected.

According to a screenshot of a candidate questionnaire from the DSA posted to Twitter...

Israel’s historic peace deal with UAE could be just the beginning


(JNS) – A joint statement by U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, announced the “Abraham Accord,” a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This is the first such agreement since Jordan signed a pact in 1994.

What does this deal include, and what does it portend for the...

In a diplomatic breakthrough, Israel suspends West Bank annexation and United Arab Emirates agrees to normalization

This is a developing story. (JTA) — In a diplomatic breakthrough, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are normalizing ties. As part of a peace deal brokered by President Donald Trump, Israel will pause its plans to annex areas of the West Bank, according to a joint statement released Thursday by the White House.

“Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus...

Biden intervened to keep ‘occupation’ out of Democratic platform

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Joe Biden personally intervened to keep the word “occupation” out of the official Democratic platform, according to a new report.

Foreign Policy reported Thursday that Biden intervened after pro-Israel groups appealed to him, citing three sources, including Jason Isaacson, the chief policy and political affairs officer at the American Jewish Committee.

“The question of whether to allow the text to refer to ‘occupation’ or use the phrase...

Israel may not top progressive agendas now, but tensions with the pro-Israel community will persist


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Israel issue isn’t necessarily toward the top of the progressive to-do lists at the moment, but that doesn’t mean elements of the movement are any less at odds with the pro-Israel community.

That was evident in an interview this week that the Democratic Socialists of America’s New York City co-chairwoman, Sumathy Kumar, gave with the news site Kings County Politics.

Here’s the passage...

An activist says it is ‘electioneering’ for nonprofits to call candidates racist. Jewish groups say it’s routine.


WASHINGTON (JTA) — A pro-Israel activist has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service that, if successful, could severely restrict freedom of speech for non-governmental organizations.

David Abrams’ lawsuit alleges that the nonprofit New Israel Fund “electioneered” in violation of its tax-exempt status by supporting grantees in Israel who are vocal on political issues. Among other things, the lawsuit cites the NIF for supporting Israeli organizations...

Israel offers Lebanon assistance after massive, deadly explosion in Beirut

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel has offered Lebanon humanitarian assistance after a massive explosion at Beirut’s waterfront killed at least 30 people and injured thousands.

Israel’s defense minister (and alternate prime minister) Benny Gantz announced the offer on Twitter. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli army and at least one Israeli hospital also offered aid.

Because Lebanon and Israel are still technically in a state of war, the offers are being...